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Numa Numa: A Retrospective - by Mark | April 06, 2008, 01:56:31 PM
This what I find on the Internet, when I stop working 60 hours a week and find some time to surf the web while the wife and kids take a nap.  This is what the Internet was created for.....so millions of humans could waste their lives on something really silly, but damn funny.

The original, the immortal:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/60og9gwKh1o" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/60og9gwKh1o</a>

The retrospective:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/r5y4wehtHgw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/r5y4wehtHgw</a>
Entertainment
Entertainment
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Stalinist UK? "UK may require a 'license to smoke' permit" - by Mark | February 15, 2008, 10:31:37 PM
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Smokers could be forced to pay £10 for a permit to buy tobacco if a government health advisory body gets its way.

Stalinist ideology, always wrong, yet always on the march.  This from Great Britian?  The world is entering a crisis, when a supposed democratic beacon like the UK considers proposals like this.  What ever happened to freedom and personal responsibilty?
My Thoughts
My Thoughts
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Happy V-Day! - by kim | February 14, 2008, 02:42:20 PM
I hope everyone is having a lovely V-Day.  The kids are at the sitter and Mark let me sleep in this morning so its a nice and relaxing day.  Mark has been working nights trying to get a big project finished up.  It has been a bit stressfull on us, but hes still here in the evenings which is good.  I've been keeping the children from killing themselves.  Jesse has been able to climb the stairs for about a month now.  I think he thinks its a game.  "Wait till Mommy's back is turned then zoom over to the stairs and start up.  Soon as I get to the top...Dog Dish here I come!!!" 
Wyatt has been getting some speech assistance from Early Access.  She comes twice a month and plays with him for about 30 mins, and tries to get him to talk more, then gives us some papers on things we can do.  He has started to speak more, and we can occasionally understand more of what hes saying.  That may just be he's catching up, or that they are helping, not sure which.  He is still loving towards his little brother, except when Jesse is trying to steal his food, or knock down his lego's, or steal his trains.  But he's learning to share.  He's pretty good about finding something else for Jesse to have instead of whatever he is playing with.
There are relatively new pics up in their albums.  Mom has gotten on me about slacking on the picture taking..Wink  I found the camera so i'll have to try to get some more taken and uploaded.
Baby
Baby
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Chicago Elections - by Mark | February 06, 2008, 08:10:54 PM
Only in Chicago, invisible ink ballots?  Yeah that's the ticket!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/lZKfP1ObSaU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/lZKfP1ObSaU</a>
US Politics
US Politics
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The Laffer Curve - by Mark | February 05, 2008, 09:54:01 AM
For a great discussion of the Laffer curve and supply-side economics, check out the following YouTube video hosted by Cato’s Dan Mitchell:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/fIqyCpCPrvU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/fIqyCpCPrvU</a>
Science
Science
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Prepare for Man made Global Cooling - by Mark | January 22, 2008, 10:37:42 PM
And so it begins again...wait a couple more years and we will be told Global Cooling is the real problem.   All of this is pure religious dogma.
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The ice caps hold a special place in the cold hearts of the global warming advocates who are all too quick to insist that our ice caps are currently melting at an unprecedented rate. We suspect that they will not be particularly thrilled to learn that a paper has just appeared in Geophysical Research Letters entitled “A doubling in snow accumulation in the western Antarctic Peninsula since 1850.” The article is by scientists with the British Antarctic Survey and the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada; the work was funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council and the U.S. National Science Foundation. In case you think that the Desert Research Institute in Nevada would have little interest in Antarctica, recall from geography classes you’ve had that Antarctica receives little precipitation and is regarded by climatologists as a frozen desert.
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Thomas et al. analyzed a medium depth ice core drilled at a high accumulation site (Gomez) on the south-western Antarctic Peninsula (73.59°S, 70.36°W, 1400 m) (see map , Figure 1). If you want the details, the core was drilled in January 2007 using an electromechanical, 104 mm diameter drill to a depth of 136 m. As seen in the figure below, the snow accumulation (measured in meters of water equivalent per year, mweq y-1), has as the title of the article suggests, been rising like a rocket. In their own words, the authors state “Annual accumulation has more than doubled in the last 150 years: the mean for 1855–1864 was 0.49 mweq y-1while for 1997–2006 it was 1.10 mweq y-1. At the beginning of the record annual accumulation is relatively stable until about 1930 when it begins to increase steadily. Following a slight reduction in accumulation in the late 1960s, the most rapid increase occurs in the latter part of the record with the mean accumulation rate from the mid-1970s onwards increasing to 0.95 mweq y-1. Note that for the post-1980 period even the lowest annual accumulation values are still greater than the highest accumulation values from the first half of the record (1855–1924).” This huge increase may be unique to the Gomez area, but other cores sites certainly show increases in accumulation as well.

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Figure 1. Annual accumulation at Gomez (dashed blue) and running decadal mean accumulation at Gomez (solid blue), Dyer Plateau (red), James Ross Island (black) and ITASE01_05 (green) in meters of water equivalent per year (mweq y-1) between 1850 and 2006 (from Thomas et al., 2008)

Here my friends is the money shot.

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So while we’ve heard recent reports about Antarctica losing ice, here we again find evidence to the contrary, and then some, at least in these locations. Not only is there no evidence of melting at the Gomez site, snow is accumulating there at an amazingly high rate. Clearly, this paper adds to the evidence that suggests that we simply, as of yet, do not have a firm grasp on the climate changes and their drivers that are effecting Antarctica, past, present, or, much less, future.

Sigh....pure absolute religious dogma.  All of it is rubbish.....Global Warming/Cooling, we have not a clue.
Religion
Religion
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Still think Flying is safe? - by Mark | January 20, 2008, 10:22:38 PM
The danger of Binary Explosives....every government in the world is wondering how to protect themselves from attack.  After watching this video, I am resigned to conclude there is no protection....sigh.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/vWh7Ij4Uhss" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/vWh7Ij4Uhss</a>
Science
Science
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Surviving a 30,000 ft fall? - by Mark | January 20, 2008, 04:50:17 PM
Holy snikies Batman.

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It's a modern-day miracle. An Ecuadoran native who fell 500 feet from the upper reaches of a New York City skyscraper--and survived. By the time Alcides Moreno hit the alley behind the black-glass luxury apartment building, he was traveling upward of 124mph. Only about half of the people who fall off a four-story building make it. So how is it possible that Moreno is alive?

The answer has a lot to do with physics, luck and a 16-foot plank.
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Amazingly, Moreno's experience does not rank at the top of the list of survivals from extreme heights. Three airmen in World War II fell 20,000 to 30,000 feet and survived. A Yugoslavian flight attendant named Vesna Vulovi survived a 33,316-foot plunge when a Czech flight exploded in midair (the Guinness Book of Records recognizes her for surviving the greatest fall without a parachute).

"Honey....my plane blew up at 33,000 feet and I fell to my death....but guess what I am still alive!"  That Vesna is one very lucky woman...no lottery winnings for her.
My Thoughts
My Thoughts
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Bionic Eyes - by Mark | January 18, 2008, 09:27:19 PM
The Singularity creeps forward ever so slightly, but getting closer every day.  Engineers have now created Bionic Eyes with electronic contact lenses.   Sign me up!!!

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Engineers at the UW have for the first time used manufacturing techniques at microscopic scales to combine a flexible, biologically safe contact lens with an imprinted electronic circuit and lights.

"Looking through a completed lens, you would see what the display is generating superimposed on the world outside," said Babak Parviz, a UW assistant professor of electrical engineering. "This is a very small step toward that goal, but I think it's extremely promising." The results were presented today at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' international conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems by Harvey Ho, a former graduate student of Parviz's now working at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, Calif. Other co-authors are Ehsan Saeedi and Samuel Kim in the UW's electrical engineering department and Tueng Shen in the UW Medical Center's ophthalmology department.
The Singularity
The Singularity
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500 MPG Car? - by Mark | January 08, 2008, 10:24:02 PM
Fascinating discussion here.

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On Dec. 30, former CIA Director James Woolsey plugged (heh!) rechargeable electric cars.

    [L]ast month General Motors joined Toyota and perhaps other auto makers in a race to produce plug-in hybrid vehicles, hugely reducing the demand for oil. ...

    ... dozens of vehicle prototypes are now demonstrating that these “plug-in hybrids” can more than double hybrids’ overall (gasoline) mileage. With a plug-in, charging your car overnight from an ordinary 110-volt socket in your garage lets you drive 20 miles or more on the electricity stored in the topped-up battery before the car lapses into its normal hybrid mode. If you forget to charge or exceed 20 miles, no problem, you then just have a regular hybrid with the insurance of liquid fuel in the tank. And during those 20 all-electric miles you will be driving at a cost of between a penny and three cents a mile instead of the current 10-cent-a-mile cost of gasoline.
    […]A 50 mpg hybrid, once it becomes a plug-in, will likely get solidly over 100 mpg of gasoline (call it “mpgg”); if it is also a flexible fuel vehicle using 85% ethanol, E-85, its mpgg rises to around 500.

BRING IT ON!!!!  Starve the terrorist exporting oil countries of their revenue and win the war on terror and save money and resources at the same time.
Science
Science
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